28 November 2012

Gambia: NCAC Reviews 'The Katchikally Code'

The National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Thursday reviewed and assessed a new film produced in The Gambia entitled 'The Kactchikally Code' at the NCAC conference room in Banjul.

The review of the film was overseen by Baba Ceesay, director general of NCAC, who was accompanied by Hansoum Ceesay, director of Copyright, and Sheik Omar Jallow, director of Literature, among other officials and media personnel.

The Katchikally Code is a docudrama, with the story, prologue and acting based on one of the sacred ponds in the Gambia called Katchikally located in Bakau. Katchikally is an urbanisation that holds communal values as ransom for social norms in many localities and in the Bakau community. The co-existence between men and spirits is evident in the Katchikally Sacred Pool.

According to history and this new film, the pond is mystical in its nature because there is more known than what meets the eyes and for some it is just a place to see friendly crocodiles. But in this docudrama, it looked and focused at testimonies and concluded on their plural significance.

As reviewed by the panel, the 45-minute film was produced and directed by Efe Omo Igori. It is acted in Mandinka language and the prelude is in English while the location is Katchikally Sacred Pond, Bakau and the River Gambia, the centre of this historical event.

Shortly after the review of this epic film, Baba Ceesay commended the producer, Efe Omo Igori, and his crew for a job well done. He said the film will serve a good purpose not only now but also in the future, hence it was based on the historical event that has happened in the past. Hansoum Ceesay and Sheik Omar Jallow applauded the producer for the film's quality pictures with good sound mixing.

Commenting on Katchikally, Etu Ndow, an artist and resident of Bakau, said when they were children they never understood the importance of the sacred pond spiritually because they thought it is just a place to watch crocodiles. As time went on, he added, they realised its potency, which has made the movie a good complement to the pond.

The producer and director of the film, Efe Omo Igori, thanked the custodian of the pond and people of Bakau for their cooperation. He disclosed that the artists paraded in the movie are all Gambians. He also urged everyone to visit Alliance Franchaise come December 8 20012, for the premiere of this docudrama film.

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